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Predictions for 2014
Last year, the Daily Mirror predicted more construction, a break in the Coast Guard murders and big changes in Alaska fisheries. Those all came true in 2013, so we’re back to offer a few humble projections for 2014: • Fewer salmon. After a banner year in 2013, Kodiak’s salmon harvest will fall to average-below average levels. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has predicted a return to normal year, but we’re o...
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Education, project funding are Kodiak’s top questions
The Kodiak Legislative Information Office held an open house on Monday to give community members an opportunity to talk to Rep. Alan Austerman and Sen. Gary Stevens about the upcoming January legislative session. Those who attended expressed concerns about a range of issues including education and projects that need funding. Tina Fairbanks, acting director of the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association, was on han...
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Fishery council tackles gap in observer coverage
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is taking steps to close a hole in the new federal fisheries observer program. This month, the council agreed there is a problem with how the system addresses fish delivered to tenders afloat in the Gulf of Alaska. In a motion, the council unanimously agreed, “the definition of a fishing trip and the ability of catcher vessels to deliver to tenders introduces a potentia...
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2013 was deadliest year since 1997 in Alaska aviation
When Tyler Polum swam away from his sunken plane at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park this summer, he was the victim of grim luck. Polum and his passenger were unhurt. Thirty-five others died in Alaska aircraft accidents this year, according to statistics kept by the National Transportation Safety Board. That’s the most in a year since 1997, when 51 people died. According to the NTSB, there were 89 aircraft a...
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Teens in trouble after joyride ends in crash
A 15-year-old Kodiak teen is facing is facing serious charges after allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it into a ditch after texting while driving. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak were notified of an accident on Puffin Drive around 7:30 a.m. Christmas Day. The investigation revealed the 15-year-old boy allegedly stole a set of keys fr...
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NMFS surveys plan to measure fishing’s side benefits
The National Marine Fisheries Service is gearing up for a big look at the side benefits of fishing. According to notices posted in the Federal Register, NMFS will survey all seafood processors and bait-and-tackle shops in the United States during 2014. Using mail-in surveys, the federal fisheries agency plans to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses. According to the notices, more than 2,500 tackle sto...
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8-year-old donates hair to kids in need
Hanna Moody may look like your average eight-year-old girl, but to some unknowing child in the world, she’s a hero. Moody made the decision to cut off all her hair in order to donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids suffering from hair loss. The donations are intended to help their self-esteem and confidence. On Dec. 21, Hanna and her mom Kathy went to Viz...
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Kodiak sees flu as season spikes in Alaska
The flu has arrived in Kodiak as influenza season spikes across Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that flu cases in the state didn’t rise above 20 until the first week of December. In the last few weeks, that number has risen dramatically. According to the Alaska Department of Epidemiology, there have been 177 reports of influenza in December, up from 47 cases in November. Most flu cases go unreporte...
Dec 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man injured on Shuyak Island medevaced to Kodiak
The Coast Guard medevaced a man who slipped and fell on ice on Shuyak Island on Tuesday. According to a release from the Alaska State Troopers, The United States Coast Guard notified Alaska State Troopers of the injured man around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The investigation revealed the 27-year-old man from Alabama had fallen between five to eight feet onto ice at Port Williams on Shuyak Island, located approximately 50 mil...
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Weather causes accidents
Three people are recovering after a severe traffic accident that briefly blocked the Chiniak Highway at Deadman’s Curve on Christmas Eve. The accident was the biggest result of the snowfall that gave Kodiak a white Christmas but slickened streets and tied up traffic. According to the Alaska State Troopers, 26-year-old Rogelio Hernandez was driving his 2008 Nissan Rogue when he crossed the center line of the highwa...
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